Vectren Corp. (VVC) stock falls, “Hold” rating reiterated by KeyCorp Analysts

Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) shares fell on Thursday Dec 1 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) had its Hold rating reiterated by equities researchers at KeyCorp in a research note to investors. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Vectren Corp. has a 52-week high of $53.33. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and Vectren Corp. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $49.75, higher than the opening price of $48.74. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) shares last traded at $49.04, which represents a decrease of $0.04 per share or -0.08% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $48.74, they varied from $48.58 and $49.13 throughout the day.

Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) currently has a market cap of 4.06B.

Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) Average Daily Trading Volume

53,602 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 82,694,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to demonstrate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) have ranged from $39.43 – 53.33, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $48.63 and 200-day MA of $50.00. Today’s last price is 8.04%% below the 52 week high of $53.33.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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